Jeanette Rose Orphee Williams
“Too much of a good thing, is wonderful.” May West
Orphee Williams passed away in her own suite surrounded by family and loved ones at Garden View Lodge in Kimberly, BC on October 25, 2015. She was born in Dauphin Manitoba on January 3rd, 1931. She grew up on a farm outside of Dauphin, riding horses and learning to hunt big game with her father. Orphee was an amazing hunter, known for her skill and love for the outdoors. She leaves behind her 3 daughters Richeal (Ralph) Tweten, Corrine (Rodney) Jerke, Ashelyn (Derek) Redman, son Edwin (Norma) Williams, dearest friend Penny (Colm) Covenden, 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and her sister Margarite. She is predeceased by her husband Richard “Dick” Watson Williams, her father Reville Ashe, her mother Jeanne Ashe (nee D’Aoust ), her sister Bernice, and her brother Gerald (Mary) Ashe.
Orphee met her husband of 63 years “Dick” Richard Williams in Wasagaming Beach, Manitoba. Orphee and Dick were each other’s best friends, hunting companions, outdoor enthusiasts and courageous parents.
Orphee was an amazing cook and known for her wonderful roast beef dinners, deep-fried oysters and New Year’s Eve clam chowder. She willingly cooked for hunting crews and was known as a wonderful hostess enjoying everyone’s company who came to hunt. She appreciated all things in nature and had a tale of caution to tell from wildlife encountered on her many horseback-riding or hunting adventures. Orphee took time to teach every grandchild and interested visitor to groom, ride and care for the horses. Her passion for horses was shared by Dick, and the two of them spent their 24 years of retirement living in BC, raising colts, riding almost daily, helping drive herds of cattle or hunting on horseback. The last few years they resided at Garden View Lodge in Kimberly but drove to their cabin each weekend to be closer to nature. Orphee was also known for her keen sight and hearing. She never missed sighting game, noticing bird songs or the chatter of squirrels calling her to fill the feeders.
Orphee enjoyed years of swimming at the lake with family, and was known to be seen wearing her cowboy boots and bathing suit as she swam the horses on hot summer days. She had an endearing graciousness and celebrative spirited nature that welcomed many friends and family over the years as she hosted amazing dinners, birthday suppers and special occasions. Orphee “Grandma” will be greatly missed by her family. She had a spirit for adventure, loved a good evening of visiting and was always willing to join in celebrations. Her special greeting for the family at New Years will be missed. All of her grandchildren knew her as Grandma OJ, and she held a special place in her heart for each of them. As a family, we feel blessed to have had Orphee in our lives.
The family remains sincerely appreciative to Garden View Lodge in Kimberly for their support and kindness.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to a Wildlife charity or Handicap Riding Association of your choice. A celebration of her life will take place this coming summer at the family cabin, and her ashes will join with Dick’s, so they may remain forever together in the mountains, among all things great in nature.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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